He's Back! Flyers Resign Knuble To Help Soften Hartnell Injury Blow
1/25/2013 10:45:00 AM
With the news coming down yesterday that Scott Hartnell will miss four to eight weeks after breaking the first metatarsal in his left foot, the Flyers announced their intention of signing veteran winger Mike Knuble.
Hartnell suffered the injury after getting hit by a Kimmo Timonen shot during Tuesday night’s loss to the New Jersey Devils.
Knuble, who played for the club from 2005-06 to 2008-09, will be leaned on to be a source of veteran leadership to one of the younger clubs in the league as well as provide a physical presence around the net.
While the 40-year-old from Toronto, Ontario won’t be expected to produce the way he did his first time around with the franchise when he scored 114 goals and 221 points, Knuble will be a guy that can park himself in front of the net on the power play as well as provide some quality minutes as a third or fourth line winger.
“He’s a quality person in the locker room, he brings a lot of experience,” said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. “I think that can be really helpful. Our forwards are young, maybe the youngest. To have a guy like that, with his experience and leadership, I think is important.
“He’s a big, strong player and he’s played a lot of games in the league. I feel like that can only help us.”
Knuble tried out for the Detroit Red Wings but did not make the team out of camp. He then signed a professional tryout contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League and registered an assist in his only appearance for the club.
As long as he passes his physical today, Knuble will suit up for tomorrow night’s game against the Florida Panthers.
Obviously this signing will not completely make up for the absence of Hartnell, the team’s leading goal scorer last season, but it does help provide a steadying veteran force in the locker room that has been missing since Jaromir Jagr left the Flyers for Dallas.
Knuble's deal is reportedly for one-year and worth $750,000.